The EU & The South China Sea Dispute

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The EU is walking a fine line on the South China Sea dispute, but can the policy hold over the long-term?

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The EU Defense Industry: Background

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So long as the EU defense industry is not the sum of its national parts, it will struggle to compete with giants like Russia and the United States.

South Africa’s Energy Conundrum

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President Ramaphosa inherited a dire national energy outlook, but one that’s not without its own opportunities.

Tensions Flare Over Malaysia’s Disputed Sea Border with Singapore

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A renewed border conflict underlines how bilateral relations have deteriorated since Prime Minister Mahathir came to power last year.

Malaysia Renegotiation Hints at New Face of Belt and Road

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In agreeing to renegotiate the terms of Malaysia’s East Coast Rail Link, Beijing might be signaling a new approach to its Belt and Road projects.

Israel Election Recap

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What’s next after Benjamin Netanyahu’s latest victory?

Sudan’s Brief Moment of Freedom

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In Omar al-Bashir’s removal, Sudan’s protestors may have won the battle. But can they win the war?

Wilayat Khorasan: Past and Present Dynamics in the Af-Pak Region

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Tracing the rise of Islamic States Af-Pak affiliate, Wilayat Khorasan.

Backgrounder: EU Arm Sales to Asia

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With security planning and arms sales continuing to fall outside the purview of EU policy, various member states have been cashing in on the Asian arms race.

Libya: Haftar Makes His Move on Tripoli

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What’s behind General Haftar’s new military offensive in Libya?

Can Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev Secure His Legacy?

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Nursultan Nazarbayev’s reputation as a brilliant strategist will be put to the test during the transition to the next generation of Kazakh leaders.

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